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Publisher Comments:

This is the eleventh novel in the Amsterdam Cops series by Janwillen van de Wetering, one-time Buddhist monk, Amsterdam cop, and world traveler

Review:

"A superlative mystery writer." Time

Review:

"One of the masters of the mystery form." Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

Housebreakers have discovered the corpse of Amsterdam bank director Martin Ijsbreker. The investigating officer determines that it was suicide and closes the case. But the commissaris suspects his boyhood nemesis, his evil cousin Willem Fernandus, a major shareholder in the dead man's bank, of having caused the death. Fernandus is the head of the Society for Help Abroad, not a charity in fact, but a front for an international vice ring. The commissaris and Fernandus confront each other as adversaries. Someone will die.

Synopsis:

In an attempt to solve the mysterious death of a wealthy banker, the Amsterdam Murder Brigade finds itself outside the limits of the law, using computer-based espionage and the risky influence of friends.

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On a stormy night in Amsterdam, banker Martin Ijsbreker is killed by a sniper as he sits by an open window at his home along the Binnenkant Canal. Three junkies then enter Ijsbreker's house, arrange his death to look like suicide and steal valuables for which they will be paid in heroin. The next day the addicts are found dead of overdoses in a houseboat on the Binnenkant, and Chief Inspector Halba, in charge of the Murder Brigade while his superior, the commissaris, is on holiday, dismisses their deaths as accidental. The commissaris and his trusted subordinates, Adjutant Grijpstra and Sergeant de Gier, heroes of van de Wetering's superlative Dutch crime series (Outsider in Amsterdam, The Rattle-Rat, etc.), suspect that the four deaths on the canal are linked, especially since Ijsbreker had been an officer at the Banque du Credit and connected to its nefarious affiliate, the Society for Help Abroad, both run by evil Willem Fernandus. But the virtuous trimuvirate are ordered off the case and relieved of their duties by Amsterdam's corrupt chief of police. How can they catch a gang of murderous criminals when, as de Gier says, "We're the only good guys left"? Happily, they manage to, in a fast-moving story that combines action, detection, satire, Zen philosophy and pure fun, and shows van de Wetering to be at the top of his form.

About the Author

Janwillem van de Wetering (1931–2008) was born and raised in Rotterdam, but lived most recently in Surry, Maine. He served as a member of the Amsterdam Special Constabulary and was once a Zen Buddhist monk. He is renowned for his detective fiction, including Outsider in Amsterdam, The Corpse on the Dike, The Japanese Corpse, and eleven other books in the Grijpstra and de Gier series.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781569471043
Author:
Van de Wetering, Janwillem
Publisher:
Soho Crime
Author:
Wetering, Janwillem Van De
Author:
Van de Wetering, Janwillem
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Grijpstra, henk (fictitious character)
Subject:
Police -- Netherlands -- Amsterdam -- Fiction.
Subject:
Grijpstra, Henk
Subject:
DeGier, Rinus
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
bd. 136, nr. 2
Publication Date:
20030701
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
313
Dimensions:
7.47x5.03x.93 in. .74 lbs.

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Product details 313 pages Soho Press - English 9781569471043 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A superlative mystery writer."
"Review" by , "One of the masters of the mystery form." Los Angeles Times
"Synopsis" by , Housebreakers have discovered the corpse of Amsterdam bank director Martin Ijsbreker. The investigating officer determines that it was suicide and closes the case. But the commissaris suspects his boyhood nemesis, his evil cousin Willem Fernandus, a major shareholder in the dead man's bank, of having caused the death. Fernandus is the head of the Society for Help Abroad, not a charity in fact, but a front for an international vice ring. The commissaris and Fernandus confront each other as adversaries. Someone will die.
"Synopsis" by , In an attempt to solve the mysterious death of a wealthy banker, the Amsterdam Murder Brigade finds itself outside the limits of the law, using computer-based espionage and the risky influence of friends.
"Synopsis" by , On a stormy night in Amsterdam, banker Martin Ijsbreker is killed by a sniper as he sits by an open window at his home along the Binnenkant Canal. Three junkies then enter Ijsbreker's house, arrange his death to look like suicide and steal valuables for which they will be paid in heroin. The next day the addicts are found dead of overdoses in a houseboat on the Binnenkant, and Chief Inspector Halba, in charge of the Murder Brigade while his superior, the commissaris, is on holiday, dismisses their deaths as accidental. The commissaris and his trusted subordinates, Adjutant Grijpstra and Sergeant de Gier, heroes of van de Wetering's superlative Dutch crime series (Outsider in Amsterdam, The Rattle-Rat, etc.), suspect that the four deaths on the canal are linked, especially since Ijsbreker had been an officer at the Banque du Credit and connected to its nefarious affiliate, the Society for Help Abroad, both run by evil Willem Fernandus. But the virtuous trimuvirate are ordered off the case and relieved of their duties by Amsterdam's corrupt chief of police. How can they catch a gang of murderous criminals when, as de Gier says, "We're the only good guys left"? Happily, they manage to, in a fast-moving story that combines action, detection, satire, Zen philosophy and pure fun, and shows van de Wetering to be at the top of his form.
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